Evart takes on Reed City in non-league basketball game


EVART  — The first week was a busy one and the second week will be a unique one for the Evart boys basketball team.

The Wildcats opened with three road games last week and went 1-2.

This week, they have a Wednesday home game against non-league foe Reed City in a unique match-up against the Coyotes that hasn’t taken place in several seasons. That’s the only game this week and sends the Wildcats into the holiday break.

The Wildcats lost a non-league game 83-56 to Central Montcalm on Friday night.

Lane Ledford had the hot hand with 38 points for Central, hitting four 3-pointers, and going 10-of-10. Evart came from behind to defeat Farwell 60-52 in boys basketball action Tuesday night, Dec. 9.

Jason Barnwell and Jesse Hoffman added 15 points apiece for Central.

“Central Montcalm was a very good team, very talented and very experienced,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said.

Danny Griffin scored 18 points, followed by Nolan VanOrder with 11 points.

Evart, which lost in overtime Monday at Montabella, trailed 16-5 after the first quarter and 25-24 at halftime. It was 48-39, Evart, after the third quarter.

“I like my guys, it was good to play a team like this,” Morgan said.

Griffin scored 21 points for Evart, followed by Drake with 14, Nolan VanOrder with 10 and Rob Tapling with nine.

Despite the slow start, Morgan said he was happy the way his team responded from the overtime loss to Montabella the day before in the season opener Dec. 5.

“It was good to go through this on opening week,” Morgan said.

After the Reed City game, the Wildcats will play McBain Northern Michigan Christian on the road Jan. 6 to open the Highland Conference season.